Broadband commitment, investment
Consolidated Telcom, Dickinson, is one of the cooperatives helping to bring gigabit broadband to North Dakota communities. Consolidated marketing manager, Rhonda Fitterer, left, and general manager, Paul Schuetzler, right, display mousepads highlighting G.NET, the cooperative's gigabyte service.
Member organizations in the North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives (NDATC) are the backbone of the rural telecommunications industry in the state. All the locally owned and operated telecommunications companies in this industry deliver the following assets to the state:
• Service to 96 percent of North Dakota’s geographic area.
• High-speed Internet in 278 North Dakota communities.
• Access for more than 100 North Dakota communities to gigabit broadband capacity – a level 100 times faster than the average broadband speeds operating in the United States today.
• More than $1.3 billion in total investment in local telecom infrastructure, statewide.
• Every customer served by independent telecom cooperatives and companies in North Dakota will have access to fiber optic-based broadband in their home by 2019.
• About 1,100 highly trained and educated employees working for independent telecom cooperatives and companies across North Dakota.
• Part of nationwide commitment to extend the advantages of modern broadband to communities and rural areas: 100 percent of respondents to 2013 survey of members by National Telecommunication Cooperative Association (NTCA) indicates 100 percent of NTCA member telecom cooperatives and companies surveyed offer broadband service to customers.
• NDATC is the voice of independent telecom cooperatives and companies in the state. Directed by its member cooperatives and companies, NDATC works with elected and appointed state and federal public officials to help shape the regulatory environment in which the telecom organizations can continue to deliver affordable, reliable modern broadband services.
NDATC General Manager David Crothers, left leads the association's advocacy with key pulbic officials, including N.D. Congressmen Kevin Cramer, center, and Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai
“The telephone cooperatives and locally owned commercial companies of North Dakota lead the nation in deployment of high-speed broadband in both urban and rural areas of the state,” says David Crothers, general manager, NDATC.
“Their build-out of fiber optic technologies to our members’ homes gives them speeds that would be the envy of those living in Washington, D.C., and the great cities of the world. This investment in infrastructure, for our customers is critical to be able to access all that a broadband world has to offer,” Crothers added.